We are thrilled to announce that Darwin Leon will be the guest illustrator for our April 2012 Surrealism issue. His work is vibrant, clever, stunning, and perfectly suits the work we have accepted for this issue. And thanks to his generously shared /images, this is shaping up to be one of our best, most original issues yet!
Darwin Leon was born in 1972 in Santiago de las Vegas a small town in Havana, Cuba. In 1987, Leon’s family sought refuge from the political and economic crisis in Cuba, and departed to Spain, then later continued to the United States to settle in Miami. Leon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design, where he attended as a recipient of the “Visual Arts Scholarship Award of Excellence” and received Best in Show at his first Juried Student Exhibition. His first direction was expressed through religious portraits, however, he found a greater enthusiasm for figurative and expressionistic forms in which he incorporated satire and irony through surrealism and cubism. Leon’s work is energetic, fresh, alive and abundant with color.
His art combines aspects of the masters of the Renaissance, including the technique of chiaroscuro, with his own surreal style, which he refers to as Expressionistic Surrealism. Scenic /images portray the nature of expressive design through the movement of action and textured aspects. With a sharp sense of humor and figurative imagination, Darwin Leon details the social context of pseudo-political, human involvement with a gift for enhanced form and characterization. Displaying the imbalances of society with a satirical perspective, his artistic creations animate the discontinuities of the post industrial order. Leon’s paintings play on the interpersonal deceptions that move a society.
For four years, Darwin Leon was an Arts Instructor for drawing, painting, anatomy and modern painting at the South Florida Arts Center, Miami Beach. He currently resides with his wife and two children in Bradenton, Florida, where he teaches “The Dynamic Human Figure” at the Art Center there and at the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa, Florida.
I can’t wait to share our upcoming issue with the world. Stay tuned!